International Trade

  • March 26, 2015

    Ex-Commerce Chiefs Want Fast-Track Without Currency Rules

    A bipartisan group of former U.S. secretaries of commerce on Wednesday pressed Congress to sign off on the fast-track model of approving U.S. trade agreements, echoing top Obama administration members who want to avoid tying anti-currency manipulation measures to trade deals.

  • March 26, 2015

    TPP Leak Fallout Previews Investor Arbitration Fight To Come

    The leak of a confidential Trans-Pacific Partnership text comes amid a rancorous public debate over a provision allowing investors to arbitrate grievances directly against foreign governments, a development that has spurred each side of the fight to dig in its heels as the 12-nation pact nears the finish line.

  • March 26, 2015

    K&L Gates Adds Financial Services Partner From CFPB

    K&L Gates LLP has hired the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's former deputy enforcement director for litigation as a partner in the firm's consumer financial services practice in Washington, D.C.

  • March 26, 2015

    Russian Fertilizer Co. Loses Anti-Dumping Challenge In CIT

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday nixed a fertilizer producer’s challenge to the inclusion of one of its products in a U.S. Department of Commerce anti-dumping duty order on solid fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate products from Russia.

  • March 26, 2015

    EU Antitrust Regulators Set Sights On E-Commerce

    A European Union official on Thursday called for a probe into the e-commerce sector in an attempt to erase digital geographical barriers to commerce that do not exist in the integrated bloc’s brick-and-mortar retail world, saying a well-functioning “Digital Single Market” could add about €340 billion ($372 billion) to GDP.

  • March 25, 2015

    Chrysler Says ITC Patent Suit Relief Would Harm Consumers

    Chrysler Group LLC on Tuesday urged the U.S. International Trade Commission to consider the potential harm to consumers and workers in reviewing Jacobs Vehicle Systems Inc.’s allegations that it and its affiliates infringe a number of patents relating to variable valve actuation devices.

  • March 25, 2015

    Korean Co. Likely Can't Get Noodle Price-Fix Claims Tossed

    A California federal judge said Wednesday that he likely won't let Samyang Foods Co. Ltd. dodge claims that it participated in a conspiracy to fix prices on ramen noodles imported to the U.S. from Korea, saying he found the indirect purchasers' Sherman Act allegations plausible.

  • March 25, 2015

    Fila, Converse Settle Chuck Taylor Sneaker Trademark Fight

    Fila USA Inc. has reached a settlement with Converse Inc. to settle trademark infringement claims in which Converse accused rival footwear companies and retailers of selling and importing knockoff versions of its signature Chuck Taylor sneaker, according to documents filed on Tuesday with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • March 25, 2015

    PayPal to To Pay $7.7M To Settle Sanctions Violations

    PayPal Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $7.7 million for processing hundreds of transactions that violated U.S. sanctions with Sudan, Cuba and Iran, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced Wednesday.

  • March 25, 2015

    CPSC Reveals Lumber Liquidators Flooring Probe

    The U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission announced Wednesday that it’s investigating the formaldehyde content of Chinese laminate tile flooring imported by Lumber Liquidators Inc. following an investigation by 60 Minutes.

  • March 25, 2015

    Schlumberger Unit To Pay $233M Over Iran, Sudan Sanctions

    A Texas-based Schlumberger Ltd. unit has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $232.7 million fine for violating U.S. sanctions in Iran and Sudan, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • March 25, 2015

    Lawmakers Urged To Strike Down Controversial Meat Labels

    A bevy of industry representatives on Wednesday warned federal lawmakers that failure to swiftly repeal a set of controversial meat labeling rules would expose U.S. food and beverage producers to hefty tariffs from Canada and Mexico, which have successfully challenged the rules in the World Trade Organization.

  • March 25, 2015

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Members Scramble To Ease Caseload

    In Law360's latest rundown of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body activity, nations huddle to address the DSB's swelling backlog of cases, the European Union details tweaks to its regulations restricting seal product imports, and Vietnam blasts decade-old U.S. shrimp tariffs.

  • March 25, 2015

    EU Hits China, Taiwan With Duties On Stainless Steel

    The European Union on Wednesday slapped China and Taiwan with stiff anti-dumping duties on certain stainless steel products, saying a nine-month probe has revealed damage to domestic industry from cut-rate imports from the two countries.

  • March 25, 2015

    Taiwan Auto Parts Co. To Pay $16M To Exit Price-Fixing Suit

    A Taiwanese aftermarket auto parts maker has agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims made by direct purchasers of its products in the U.S. that the company and other manufacturers in Taiwan conspired to fix prices on the parts, according to a Tuesday filing in Wisconsin federal court.

  • March 24, 2015

    FTC Names Intelligence Vet As Inspector General

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday appointed an inspector general to succeed retired Scott Wilson, naming the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's inspector general.

  • March 24, 2015

    Avago ITC Victory Irrelevant In Antitrust Suit, Judge Told

    Two Danish fiber-optic companies urged a California federal judge on Monday to look past part of an earlier International Trade Commission decision favoring Avago Technologies in one of two patent claims and continue to hear antitrust allegations the pair leveled against the company.

  • March 24, 2015

    Azevedo Says Small Trade Pacts Must Not Usurp WTO Process

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Tuesday argued that even as regional and bilateral agreements continue to proliferate, the WTO still has a crucial role to play in writing the next phase of trade rules, claiming that certain policy areas are best handled on a global scale.

  • March 24, 2015

    State Secrets Prompt Dismissal Of Iran Oil Defamation Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday dismissed a Greek shipper’s defamation suit against nonprofit United Against Nuclear Iran, agreeing with the U.S. government’s assertion that further litigation would improperly reveal state secrets.

  • March 24, 2015

    Fast-Track Opponents Continue Fighting For Reforms

    A collection of labor, environmental and consumer advocacy organizations on Monday reiterated their demands for changes to the fast-track model of approving U.S. trade agreements, calling for a new process that gives lawmakers more control over the contents of such pacts before they are voted upon.

Expert Analysis

  • Some Background On Fed. Circ.'s CVD Ruling

    Neil Ellis

    The outcome in GPX International Tire Corp. v. U.S. was perhaps unsurprising, as the opposite result would have been contrary to the Federal Circuit’s long-standing disinclination to find constitutional flaws in the trade remedies statutes. It also would have led to significant uncertainty regarding the legality of eight years of countervailing duties proceedings involving nonmarket economy imports, agency determinations and tariff... (continued)

  • Unmanned But Not Unarmed: State Dept.'s New Drone Policy

    Brandon Bodnar

    While the U.S. State Department's new export policy places significant conditions on the sale or transfer of military drones, it also for the first time provides explicit guidance regarding under what circumstances the United States will approve the sale of armed drones to the U.S. allies and coalition partners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • Biomet’s DPA Proves An Inescapable Device

    Amy Riella

    As just the latest in a series of companies facing additional scrutiny from U.S. regulators following the settlement of an enforcement action involving violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Biomet Inc.’s current plight highlights the risks of continuing reporting and disclosure obligations contained in most deferred and nonprosecution agreements, say Amy Riella and Carla Jordan-Detamore of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • An Important Interpretation Of The Volcker Rule

    Kenneth J. Berman

    The Federal Reserve and other implementing agencies recently issued a new interpretation of the Volcker Rule that makes it substantially easier for a non-U.S. banking entity to invest directly in private equity funds, hedge funds and other private funds, and substantially addresses many of the Volcker Rule issues faced by third-party fund sponsors, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • Medical Device Companies Face Increased TAA Scrutiny

    Lawrence Sher

    A spate of recent multimillion-dollar settlements has shown that medical device manufacturers are subject to substantial liability under the False Claims Act if they misstate the country of origin of their products in violation of the Trade Agreements Act, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • International Trade Compliance Tips For Franchisors

    Robert Smith

    Although the Federal Trade Commission’s franchise rule does not apply to international franchise development undertaken by U.S. franchisors, there are a number of other laws with which U.S. franchisors must comply when they seek to expand outside of the U.S., say Robert Smith and Gregory Williams of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • OPINION: Not All That Is Public Should Be Publicized

    Adam C. Sherman

    Although court decisions are public records, that doesn’t mean they should be publicized by the courts on search engines, such as Google. Access alone isn’t the problem. The issue is that these decisions appear prominently atop search results — even when browsing parties are not looking for them. Courts have opened their doors, but they need not remove them entirely, says Adam Sherman of Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP.

  • Recent Chilean Tax Reform Reinforces Need For Treaty

    Jeffrey L. Rubinger

    The existence of an income tax treaty with Chile can alter the effects of the country's new tax regimes, particularly with respect to its new semi-integrated system. In the absence of a treaty, a shareholder who opts for the semi-integrated system will be burdened with an increased tax rate, say Jeffrey Rubinger and Summer Ayers LePree of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP.

  • The Rush To Efficiency And Diminishment Of Trademarks

    Peter Sloane

    Recently, in some jurisdictions, there has been a movement toward increasing the number of trademark registrations without any corollary consideration of the effectiveness of those registered marks, say Peter Sloane of Leason Ellis LLP, Jonathan Clegg of U.K. firm Cleveland and Heidi Jensen of Canadian firm Jensen & Company.

  • Up The Irish: St. Paddy’s Is For Celebrating Pro Bono, Too

    Kevin J. Curnin

    Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, Ireland has released the results of its first-ever survey on pro bono legal work. As befits a day that is mostly about celebrating, the results are encouraging. The results also mirror a lot of our experience in the United States regarding how and why — or why not — lawyers are contributing to the common good, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.